Course Title: Determine Lighting Requirements and Operate Lighting

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5662C

Course ID: 032808

Course Title: Determine Lighting Requirements and Operate Lighting

School: 345T Creative Media

Program Code: C4144 - Certificate IV in Audio Visual Technology

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey

Phone 99254345

Office Location Building 94 level 2 Room 35

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

To enable learners to address the lighting requirements of audiovisual and video productions in a range of environments including single and multicamera recording and events.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT03A Determine Lighting Requirements and Operate Lighting


CUFLGT03A/01 Address lighting conditions


CUFLGT03A/02 Operate a colour temperature meter


CUFLGT03A/03 Select and use corrective light filters


CUFLGT03A/04 Prepare for lighting operation


CUFLGT03A/05 Participate in technical rehearsal


CUFLGT03A/06 Operate lighting


CUFLGT03A/07 Monitor luminaires during the production


CUFLGT03A/08 Monitor technical quality during production

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements above.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Combination of classroom activities, field exercises and theory tutorials.

Teaching Schedule

TAFE WeekPlanned Activities (Subject to change)
1Orientation week
2Introduction to Lighting and the Course guide.
                    Complete Sherpa Roster.doc
                    Home work -Assessment #1 Complete a location plan for a location of your choice.
                    Watch films and TV.
3Check draft location plans
                    Transmission and absorption, colour temperature, hard and soft light, f-stops and terminology.
                    Complete Gel table. DOC
                    Teacher led three-point lighting demonstration. Key, fill, backlight, bounce, shadow, operation of stands, lanterns and gels. Introduce redheads, 2k’s, Bambino and HMI.
4Three point lighting practical exercises. (3) Groups of (5-6) students to set up lighting for a talking head addressing three different scenarios.
                    1. Tungsten balanced
                    2. Daylight balanced
                    3. Heavily backlit
 A plan will be provided showing position of subject and POV or camera position. Groups will rotate through the roles of Setup crew, observers and cast/camera. Will use still cameras and a framing box to isolate the shot.
                    Homework review elements of three-point lighting by either web search/reading or practical observations.
5Labour Day Holiday
6Continuity Lighting Exercise- Using a video camera, record a series of shots from a two person dramatic scene in order to maintain continuity of lighting and other aspects. Whole group exercise. Consolidation of basic three-point lighting, colour temperature, Hard and soft light and introduction to lens issues such as aperture, depth of field and composition.Homework bring in Study Notes next class.
7 Assessment #1 Plans due in.
                    Selection of locations for practical sessions in May and
                    Some theory.
                    How our eyes work
                        Basic eye construction, The lens, The Retina, Rods and Cones, Visual Acuity, Persistence of Vision
                    How light works, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Refraction, reflection, diffusion and transmission
               BBC Video
8 Colour Temperature/Colour Theory /Lanterns/Lamps
9 Metering and measuring colour temp and density.
10 Any missing theory and revision. Depth of Field.
11 Submission of Production Folios assessment # 2
12Practical assessments # 3
13Practical assessments # 3
14Practical assessments # 3
15Practical assessments # 3
16De brief on practical projects and Revision.
17Final Class including    test Assessment #4

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

’Producing Videos : A Complete Guide’,2nd Edition Martha Mollison Allen and Unwin



Other Resources

Refer to handouts in class

Overview of Assessment

Location Plan 10%
Production Folio 30%
Field Lighting exercise 30%
Closed book test 30%

Assessment Tasks

1      Submit location Plan as described in class. Due in TAFE week 7.
2      Produce a production Folio as part of a group for submission prior to Field Exercises. Due 30 April 2007.
3      Participate in Field Exercises during May. Details provided in first class.
4      Closed book test to be conducted in final class on 12 June 2007 to be confirmed in first class.

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